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Poncho? What, did you think I was going to say poncho? Erm, no. You see, I am trying to be all creative and come up with funds for this, which is not only a worthy cause but !hello! dinner with Callum (and can this be substituted for nine holes of golf with Callum is what I really want to know?!). 

Also, and I've meant to post about this probably a gazillion times and I've started to and then something came up, but I finished a painting a little while back and I'm very happy with it, even if it isn't close to what I started out on. 

Here's a snapshot:

Here's a gallery

Current Music: joe henry
22 March 2008 @ 08:29 pm
It's a just a lazy Saturday night so I figured why not...

Current Music: In the Name of the Father
23 February 2008 @ 11:17 pm
It's Accenture Match Play Week which means ALL GOLF: ALL THE TIME! Also, cooking, dinner party for best neighbours evah (because they adore Slings and Arrows) and more...even some totally vague recipes...

Current Music: Caddyshack
19 February 2008 @ 10:20 pm

First off...and sort of a disclaimer:

Apparently my LJ is rated PG-13, per this handy little tool malnpudl posted about (and no, today the LJuser function doesn't appear to be working for me...or the embed function, for that matter). I get a PG-13 for twice usage of "suck" and once "shit". I think this is off, frankly, or else I swear like a truck driver in my head and it somehow magically doesn't convey to my typing fingers? Either way, there will henceforth be more profanity on my LJ. Just a warning...or a vow. Hee. At least until I can get that rating changed.

The other night I posted a wine and exhaustion fueled whine-fest about how much the painting I was working on SUXXORED and wouldn't fucking behave and just BE the thing in my head and WOE IS ME and so forth. When the whippet dragged me out of bed the next morning I decided to lock the post because it wasn't really constructive or pro-active in any way. After all, what's wrong with the painting is always the painter? Instead I went and stared (malevolently) at the canvas.

Then I did some fiddling...

Well, I tried. And just in case LJ-cuts don't figure in? SHIT. FUCK. DAMN. Which is pretty much my internal mantra when I'm less than centred...which is most of the time. 

Oh and PS, anyone considering veneers? It is a majour pain in the arse, takes weeks longer than expected and it HURTS, too. I can't wait for this ordeal to be over!
this breath I am: tiredtired
Current Music: Twilight: Blackberry Belle
14 February 2008 @ 09:50 pm

To the wonderfully sweet person who sent me a yummy box of LJ candy, THANK YOU! <3 <3 <3

And for everyone's general amusement (Valentine's Day, Election Day or for not particular reason), here's some classic Ric Mercer: Talking to Americans.  PM Jean Poutine, indeed, HEE!

this breath I am: tiredtired
07 February 2008 @ 09:51 pm

I'm 99% finished with the prep work for my new painting (stretched, completely sketched in, primed and ground tint laid) but I've been putting off actually starting because while I have a very clear idea in my mind of where I want this piece to end up, I find I'm having trouble deciding where to begin exactly. I think this might have something to do with the fact that while I've got such definite ideas about the concept I also traditionally like to leave room for happy accidents when I'm working and so the difficulty is in reconciling THE PLAN with CHANCE.

So I usually work around psychological blocks like this by a. going on a wild de-clutter spree and 14. immersing myself in things that inspire me, visually or otherwise. 

So here are some things that I've been finding visually or conceptually intriguing lately and at the very end, some bonus drawings I did a very very long time ago that I stumbled upon while de-cluttering...

I should note I'm not going to cite individual work titles, but I will provide links to sources for these images. Also, many of them can be clicked through to see larger versions.

First we've got Ernesto Caivano, an artist I noticed through an article in one my absolute favourite magazines in the world, Elle Decor. I love his compositional use of positive and negative space, his highly developed personal visual language and well here you go...


So that's it. I thought I could get this post done in an hour, I pre-loaded all the pics and then some, but Bitsy (laptop) was SOOOO SLOOOOOOWWWW and I couldn't figure out why. I didn't even have much open, Outlook and several Explorer tabs, not even Illustrator. Then I checked the harddrive and discovered that I had slightly less than 2 Gigs of space left. How did that happen? I mean I off-loaded about 20 Gigs to the new THING (I've yet to come up for a name, it's a 300 GB ext hard drive) just last month. So this post took 4+ hours. Everything was molasses slow and meanwhile I offloaded a ton of stuff onto the unnamed thing. Y'know I think I'll name the thing Linus. I've always loved the aesthetic look of Wings of the Dove. Where did those Gigs go? The porn really adds up, eh? HEE!
Current Music: Daft Punk
01 February 2008 @ 10:02 pm

Curse you, FNL for making me bawl in my beer not once but twice tonight...and that's with entirely missing everything between minute :15 to minute :45. You broke my heart with wet-hangdog Woobie QB1 and also with Smash at the end there. Show, if it's your intention to make sure your record of total domination on the weekly crying front continues, you're now so far ahead that the mere thought of you makes me weepy. *team huddle, clear eyes and all that...* 

The reason I missed the above mentioned half hour is that my BFF called and because our game of phone tag has now reached ASTRONOMIC proportions, I didn't need to think twice about hitting the mute button and picking up the call. And I'm glad I did because there was a crisis. 

In other phone call news, I finally ended another epic phone tag I had going with my friend T...

I am thouroughly enjoying my re-viewing of Oz, so much so that I can't stop thinking about all the boys (and girls) throughout the day. I love this show (and I love Terry Kinney, whom I've seen on-stage a bunch of times). It's a testosterone soap-opera on a Shakespearean scale and it's so completely fitting that it went out with an ill-fated staging of The Scottish Play. Plus there is a lot of nudity, in case you were looking for something else to recommend it?. And Kareem Said, who is Teh Awesome. And the Beecher/Keller love mess (which is HOT). And, most importantly, Ryan O'Reily. Who is like The Lord of The Fucking Dance (He's Got Moves). Hee. My attempts to find some good Ryan O'Reily/ Dr. Gloria Nathan fic have thus far failed.

ETA: It should be noted that, as a fan of Le Bourne, I've watched this video an embarrassing number of times today. Nevermind teh Sarah. Dude, Matt is just all kinds of awesome here. This wins over my other guilty favourite (hyep, that's Jason Street, our new Rex Racer. Which...I think they should create a part for Kev Rankin...wot, I kinda have a geek crush on him). 

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Current Music: Smashing Pumpkins, Appels + Oranjes

If you are assuming this is an idyllic example of the way in which cats and dogs can share an amicable homelife, you would be WRONG. 

It's LOST week. I feel fairly MEH about this, despite the lack of new programming (although I am curious about this Eli Stone thing tomorrow because 1.) Spy Daddy, %.) Johnny Lee Miller, and 12.) George Michael). On the other hand, it amuses me greatly that USA is using Patrick Swayze's "She's Like the Wind" for their Westminster ads this year. Heh. And also, Golf Channel's got the Dubai Classic starting tomorrow. *glee*

And because I can't bite down on anything (like say, an apple, or a sandwich) I made seafood curry soup! With shrimp and mussels! Yum! I think I'll try Vietnamese beef soup next. Soup, soup, soup. When all this bleaching crap is done and I finally have the actual veneers on, I am going to drive down to Boulevard Diner on Besse Coleman and order about a week's worth of fried green tomatoes, okra, fried oyster apple salad, smokey shrimp grits, catfish and crabcakes. And then I'll eat a pound of apples, too.

Current Music: Lost
28 January 2008 @ 06:35 pm

For reasons that don't need exploring at this juncture (in short, overbrushing, grinding and soft enamel) I needed to have veneers done on my upper front six teeth. This morning I went in for the first of several sessions.

this breath I am: draineddrained
Current Music: Peter Murphy
21 January 2008 @ 10:50 pm
I was trying to put together a picspam of Bali to warm everyone up because it's cold outside everywhere it seems (even here where we had an overnight low in the lower 20's F), but I realised I had some gaping holes so I'm digging up some more pictures to fill in those blanks.

In the meantime here's a tease...

Imagine gentle South Pacific tradewinds, palm trees rustling gently, frangipani and incense in the air, exotic temples and...monkeys...

Current Music: Godley and Creme: Cry